Thursday, June 28, 2012

Join African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel

Our member group Interfaith Peace-Builders is accepting applications for their second African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel taking place October 21-November 3, 2012

Delegates will t
ravel with experienced delegation leaders and professional local guides and see how the continuing Israeli occupation and current cycle of violence affect Palestinian and Israeli communities. They will also have the opportunity to learn from Palestinians about their nonviolent resistance, meet Israeli peace activists working for an end to the occupation and share experiences with representatives of African-Palestinian communities and Israeli communities of color. 

The delegation leaders are: 

Darryl Jordan has been an organizer for more than 30 years, working on issues of hunger and food security, neighborhood security, voter education, peace, justice, apartheid, immigration, union/labor, health and political empowerment. He is immediate past director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Third World Coalition. During his organizing life, Darryl has had the benefit of learning from many activists, community leaders and organizers, and tries to incorporate all that he has learned in his work. He currently sits on the Interfaith Peace-Builders Board of Directors. Prior to joining the Board, Darryl co-led the people of color delegation IFPB co-sponsored with the Third World Coalition in 2008 and served on the ad-hoc organizing committee for the African Heritage Delegation in 2011. 

Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian with American and Israeli citizenship. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law, where she focused her studies on international human rights and humanitarian law. In 2001 Huwaida co-founded the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She previously taught at the Human Rights Law Clinic at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem (the first legal clinic in the Arab World) and was one of the organizers of a delegation of American lawyers to Gaza in February 2009. Huwaida has led 5 successful sea voyages to the Gaza Strip and was one of the primary organizers of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was lethally attacked by Israeli forces in May 2010. She was also a member of the Palestinian Freedom Riders, challenging segregated bus lines in the West Bank during a November 2011 action. 

Find more information and download an application from
IFPB's website. Applications due August 1.